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Object Name Plaque
Date 1874-1905
Description Firefighting company presentation shield of painted leather, white with gold trim, red and blue inserts, and raised lettering which reads, "FROM / CATARACT / 2 / ENGINE / TO / MEDORA / 3 / OF WEST NEW BRIGHTON SI." The surrounding decoration includes a star at the top and leafy vines outlined in stitched thread and filled with gold. A metal wire, attached at the edges, is stretched across the back. The shield measures 18.25 inches in height.
(Keywords: Firefighter, Commemorative, NSFD, New York)
Ownership and History Medora Hook & Ladder Company No. 3 and Cataract Engine Company No. 2 were both companies of the North Shore Fire Department, which served communities of Staten Island from 1874 to 1905.

Neighboring volunteer companies, although sometimes engaging in rivalry, often socialized together. A shield like this might be presented as a goodwill gesture, to thank another company for hosting a parade or social gathering, or in appreciation for special assistance.

Earliest Date 1874
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Lexicon Sub-category Ceremonial Artifact
Catalog Number X98.1285
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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